Whether you are a beginner boxer or have been in the ring for years, it is important to know how to wrap your hands for boxing. Wrapping your hands is an essential part of boxing. Most people are unaware that boxing requires a lot of hand protection. You might think you are just hitting someone with your fist, but the force from the impact is transferred through your bones and into your hands which can lead to long-term damage if not protected. Wrapping your fists before punching will minimize this risk while also helping you maintain the correct form for punches.
If you don’t have gloves or wraps, there are other alternatives available to help protect your hands while still allowing them to move freely. Some options include using a towel, bandanna, or any other fabric that can be wrapped around both of your wrists loosely enough so that it doesn’t restrict movement but still provides some cushioning against injury during strikes.
How to Wrap your Hands for Boxing: A Step by Step Guide
In this blog post, we will answer all of those questions for you! We’ll also give some tips on what type of wrap best suits your needs as well as how long you should wear them before taking off for a break.
The first step is to place the gauze over your palm in a straight line with one end on top of the other about 3 inches below where you would like it wrapped around.
The next step is to take the long end of the gauze and loop it around three fingers on each hand so that there’s enough room between loops for your thumbs.
You can then start wrapping up towards your wrists by putting both ends together under one finger before moving to the next finger. Try to keep the wraps even but if you end up with some longer pieces it’s alright, they will be covered by your boxing gloves.
Why Wrap Your Hands?
Things to consider before wrapping your hands
- Wrap your hands with gauze to keep them clean
- Cut the gauze into strips and wrap each hand individually, overlapping the fabric by about an inch
- Tie a knot at the end of each strip to prevent it from unraveling.
- Make sure that there’s no slack in between your fingers or thumbs, but not too tight either
- Put on gloves before sparring or hitting heavy bags for protection
- Keep wrapping until you’ve reached all four knuckles (or three if you’re left-handed)
How Wraps Help?
Wraps help to provide support for your wrist, hands, and fingers. With wraps, you can box without gloves or hand wraps and still have the same amount of protection for your hands from injury.
How does this work?
Wraps are tighter than gloves so they keep your joints from being overextended or hyperextended. By “hanging” on top of your knuckles, wraps prevent hyperextension by limiting the range of motion in which you can move your wrist while wearing them.
This is especially important after a fall. Because while you’re down on the ground, the range of motion in your wrist could potentially be increased–to a point where it becomes way too far out of normal range and causes injury.
Types of Wrist Wraps
Cotton Wrist Wraps
This type of strap is great for beginners because they are easy to use and very versatile.
These wraps are soft, lightweight, breathable, adjustable, and one size fits all. They are also extremely affordable with some options being less than $5! If you’re just getting into boxing or if it’s your first time wrapping your hands then these may be the best option for you.
Cloth Wrist Wraps
These wraps are more sturdy and supportive than cotton wraps.
They may be a better option for people who have been boxing for a long time, boxers with wrist pain, or those who participate in other sports where support is needed. Cloth straps can also be used for MMA and Muay Thai. Which makes them a good choice if you participate in several different combat sports.
Elastic Wrist Wraps
These wraps are like cloth wraps in that they give you support but they also offer the additional benefit of compression.
They are also adjustable, lightweight, breathable, and don’t get soaked with sweat during boxing or other intense workouts. An added bonus is that these straps stretch to provide you with a unique fit for your wrists. There is also an easy thumb loop that allows you to put these wraps on without assistance from anyone else.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. Do you need 2 hand wraps for boxing?
It depends on how you like to wrap your hands. A lot of people like to have two hand wraps – one for each hand – because it offers more support and stability. However, some people find that one hand wrap is enough, especially if it’s a good quality wrap.
Q2. What oz gloves for heavy bags?
For some people, 16 oz gloves are too light and they prefer 24 oz gloves. If you’re looking for good-quality gloves that will last, then I would not go below 20 oz.
Q3. Should I wrap my hands around for boxing?
There is no definitive answer to this question. Some people prefer not to wrap their hands, feeling that it restricts their movement and makes them less agile. Others find that wrapping their hands gives them a sense of security and allows them to punch harder. There are many different ways of how to wrap your hands for boxing, so it’s important to experiment until you find a method that works best for you.
Q4. Should boxing wraps be tight?
Some people prefer their boxing wraps to be tight while others prefer them to be a bit looser. What’s important is that you find what works best for you and that you’re comfortable with.
Q5. Can you box without wraps?
Yes, you can box without wraps. Wraps help to protect your hands and add support.
We’ve outlined some simple steps below to show. How easy it is to wrap up your hands with gauze before hitting pads or sparring with other fighters. Remember not too tight but also don’t leave any slack between fingers! Have these tips helped you fight injury-free? Let us know by commenting below!
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